By Ben Bova
In the wake of the Asteroid Wars that tore around the sun process, Victor Zacharius makes his residing working the ore-carrier Syracuse. along with his spouse and young ones he plies the Asteroid Belt, hauling no matter what shipment are available. whilst the Syracuse stumbles into the center of an army assault at the habitat Chrysalis, Victor flees in a keep an eye on pod to attract the attacker's awareness clear of his kinfolk. Now, as his spouse and youngsters plunge into the a ways deeps of house, Victor has been rescued through the seductive Cheena Madagascar. He needs to do her bidding if he's to have a prayer of ever seeing his family members again.
Elverda Apacheta is the sunlight system's maximum sculptor. The cyborg Dorn was once previously Dorik Harbin, the ruthless army commander answerable for the assault on Chrysalis. Their lives and destinies were associated by means of their joint discovery of the alien artifact that had, past, profoundly affected industrialist Martin Humphries. equally reworked through the artifact's mysterious powers, Apacheta and Dorn now prowl the Belt, decided to discover the our bodies of the numerous sufferers of Harbin's atrocities so one can receive right burials.
Kao Yuan is the captain of Viking, owned through Martin Humphries, who's made up our minds to kill Dorn and Elverda simply because they comprehend an excessive amount of in regards to the artifact and its strength over him. yet Viking's second-in-command, Tamara Vishinsky, seems to be to have the genuine energy on board send. whilst Viking catches as much as Apacheta and Dorn, their war of words starts off a chain of occasions concerning them, the Zacharius family members, and Martin Humphries and his son within the transformation of the human sunlight system…